Brussels attack, suspected accomplice arrested in Spain

A man suspected of having played a role in the attack on 16 October in Brussels in which two Swedish citizens were killed was arrested in Spain, in the province of Malaga. Police sources reported this, without providing information on his identity and nationality. The person responsible for the attack, Abdesalem Lassoued, was killed by Belgian police in a shootout on 17 October.

The statement from the Spanish police

“National police officers have arrested in Benahavis”, in the province of Malaga, “a person for his involvement in the jihadist attack of 16 October in Belgium” who was the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Belgian authorities, the police in a press release.

Yesterday an arrest in Belgium

Yesterday the Belgian police confirmed the arrest of another man suspected of having been an accomplice in the attack. This is a 44-year-old Tunisian suspected of being “connected to the weapon used during the attack” by Abesalem Lassoued: he was accused of “murder and attempted murder in a terrorist context and of participation in the activities of a terrorist organization “.

Two men indicted in Paris

On 24 October, however, two men resident in the Paris region and “probably linked to the perpetrator of the attack” were indicted by a judge in the capital for terrorist association and complicity in the murder of the two Swedes and placed in precautionary custody. According to sources close to the dossier, they are two Tunisian citizens aged around 40 and 50. The youngest, who “has been residing in France for around 20 years”, has “formally contested the charges”, he told the Afp his lawyer, Souleymen Rakrouki, assuring that his client “has nothing to do either closely or remotely with the attack”. The Brussels attacker “is a friend he has known for a long time, of whom he had seen no signs of radicalisation. He could never have imagined such a move into action”, he specified.